Jeff Lester is a principal at Brown & James, P.C., practicing in the firm’s St.
Louis office. Jeff advises and
represents individual and corporate clients in civil litigation, with a focus
on the defense of premises liability, products liability, insurance, and
employment matters. He has obtained
multiple victories for his clients through jury trials and dispositive
motions. Jeff previously practiced with
a national labor and employment defense firm, where he focused on representing
defendants in employment discrimination cases in federal and state court.
Rising Star - Personal Injury Defense, Missouri and Kansas Super
Rising Star - Employment and Labor, Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers
District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
U.S. District Court for
the Western District of Missouri
Recent Favorable Jury Trials
In January 2018, a jury awarded 90 percent of fault to the
plaintiff-pedestrian – who suffered a tibia/fibula fracture and claimed more than $600,000 in permanent damages – in a vehicle versus pedestrian accident in
which Jeff represented the driver, resulting in a net verdict of only $7,500.
In December 2017, Jeff obtained a defense verdict for his
client in a red-light auto case, in spite of his client’s statement in the
police report that she did not have the green light when she entered the
intersection. Jeff used an effective cross-examination of the plaintiff
and inconsistencies in the police report and officer’s testimony to create
doubt in the jury’s mind as to who ran the light.
In November 2017, the jury returned a net verdict of only
$3,500 against Jeff’s client, an electrical supplies company, in a severe auto
accident involving a broken back, broken nose, and concussion to the
plaintiff. He used plaintiff’s prior statements and social media posts to
demonstrate the plaintiff’s quick and complete physical recovery. The
plaintiff’s last demand was $120,000.
In 2016, Jeff obtained a defense verdict for his client, a day care facility, in a personal injury action brought by the parent of a minor child who was injured at the facility.
In 2015, Jeff obtained a net jury verdict of less than $4,000 for his client, a property management company, in a premises liability case brought in the City of St. Louis. The plaintiff’s last settlement demand was $250,000 and the plaintiff requested more than $250,000 from the jury.
Recent Dispositive Motion Victories
In 2016, Jeff obtained summary judgment on a whistleblower claim in the Circuit Court of Madison County, Ill. Jeff successfully argued that the plaintiff-employee did not engage in any protected activity under Illinois law.
In 2015, Jeff obtained summary judgment on behalf of his client, a general residential construction contractor, in a lawsuit brought by a home purchaser in the Circuit Court of St. Louis County. Jeff convinced the court that the disclaimer of warranties contained in the construction contract barred any action for construction defect by the purchaser.
In 2011, Jeff obtained summary
judgment in a premises liability case involving an injury to a tenant, in the
Circuit Court of the City of St. Louis. The trial court found that the
landlord owed no duty to the tenant, as a matter of law.
Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
Academic Honors and Activities
2007 Ohio Valley
Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year
NCAA Academic All-American
Presenter, "Prescription for Complications: The Impact of Missouri's New Medical Marijuana Law on Workplace and Injury Claims," Brown & James General Defense and Insurance Law Symposium, January 2019
Presenter, “The Law of Jury Selection,” National Business Institute, April 2016
Missouri Tort Law, 4th ed., Chapter 12, “Animal Liability”